Name: Daniel Lawlor
Your role: Senior Associate, Employee Communications
Region: Docklands, Victoria
What’s your story?
Melbourne born and bred, I joined NAB in April 2016. I work in internal communications and have a background in marketing. Outside of work, I keep busy with athletics and cross country running. I love travel, footy and keeping fit.
How have you made a difference?
In 2017, I was fortunate enough to take part in a six-week secondment in Broome, Western Australia, where I worked for a not-for-profit Aboriginal organisation through NAB’s partnership with Jawun.
At a basketball clinic on a hot Broome day, I was struck by the sight of people playing in work boots, thongs, and even barefoot. The runners on my own feet were a luxury I took for granted.
I had an idea and ran it by the CEO of the organisation where I was working. He confirmed they would gladly accept shoe donations. I rallied my Jawun colleagues and our six pairs of runners were gratefully received.
When I saw the result this had, I thought of bringing this back to NAB in the form of a ‘shoe drive’. I thought it would be great for more people to have a comfy pair of shoes for sport.
During National Reconciliation Week, over 500 pairs of runners were donated from our Melbourne offices. The shoes will be distributed to Jawun contacts in Broome and Kununurra.
What are you passionate about?
It was a privilege to be embraced by the Aboriginal community in Broome and to have the opportunity to learn more about their culture and history. I love sharing what I learnt and experienced with others, and hope it helps increase their respect for and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and cultures.
I’m keen to learn more about Aboriginal culture since my experience in Broome, and would love to go back there and explore more of the Kimberley region soon.